Our great old Lisle house
awesome pool parties. Yes... We were "stylin'."
me with my cool "pack boots," sheriff's badge and
stately wave to the camera. Notice the small houses along Main
Lisle Police patrolling down our road around 1969?
of the wonderful things about having Attention Deficit Disorder is
that nothing can really hold your attention..
So, you end up PAYING attention to EVERYTHING!
I'm sure that's why
I have so many diverse memories of Lisle.
Sometimes I find it difficult
to share my memories with people that had never lived in Lisle. You tell
them about some of the unique people we knew or places we had or things
that used to happen... And all you get is that blank stare back.. I almost
want to say "..well, I guess you just had to be there." But
it seemed that the more cities I lived in over the years, the more I
unique a place Lisle was. I just didn't know it when I was growing up.
awhile, I just stopped bringing up Lisle stories. I even think my kids
find them to be a bit "Mayberry" or even unbelievable. Eventually,
after years of living far away from Lisle, it all just started to seem
so far away in
That was of course, until
I started talking with former "Lisle-ites."
Let me put it this way.
you ever laughed so hard that you actually started to worry that
you might die from the lack of oxygen?
Well again and again, after
spending a little time with people that actually grew up in Lisle,
you end up laughing hysterically or just unpeeling layer upon layer
of incredible memories that so many of us share.
And fortunately for us, many of
you have shared your
here with us. We all thank you so very much!
Thinking back about growing up in Lisle... It's amazing
to me how what once felt so mundane to many of us, can now seem so
Lisle, in many ways, has played a large part in making us what we
grew up in the large white house that is just south of what is now
the Lisle Honda dealer. My mother still lives there today. Most of
that area use to be beautiful country fields and small homes. The St.
Joseph's creek ran through our back property. We had a giant yard with
animals, garden, and six of us kids running around barefoot, laughing
and entertaining ourselves. The only time we locked our doors was if
we left to go on vacation.
Today, things around our house will be changing again. The Village
of Lisle has allowed the Honda dealership to expand even farther
of Lisle has bought all the homes and properties around my Mom's
house (where we all grew up.) They've burned down all the homes...
will be putting in massive "auto-storage" parking lots
just feet from Mom's house. Her house will be practically surrounded
by cars and loading trucks!
Honda has offered pennies on the dollar
for the property. Of course Mom can't accept at that rate. They've
tried other "tactics" to get her to leave but for now she'll
just hold on to all she's got.
Our memories are still there.. But the
sound of hydraulic wrenches are a constant reminder that not all wonderful
things can last forever.
So now the wait is on. Mom is the only thing in the
way of Honda's south spreading
But that's okay.. Because Honda of Lisle is the town's largest tax
So you see, on a personal note, it's been tough to watch some of
the changes that have been - or that are going to be - taking place
in Lisle. I
believe very much in "progress" but not at the cost of ripping out
is left in a community.
far the plan is to cover or "revamp" the buildings on Main
Street! Some could even be tore down to make room for another road
Main Street School is gone forever! Here was a building that played
a huge role in the history, development and collective memories of
the town of Lisle! Condos are the plan to follow. Maybe they'll look
as attractive as the other
We just tore down Benedictine Hall. A truly historic building from
the turn of the century.. Absolutely full of history!
The old Lisle Library building.. Did you know that it was one of
the very first general stores in Lisle? It dated back to the 1890's
the Riedy family ran their hardware business. (Click
here to see a picture of Front St. showing Riedy's) They just tore it down to
a new building.
Not many of you know about Cinert's bridge but believe me when I
tell you it was truly a classic hand-made bridge that had been around
The "Village" has stepped in and ordered it never to be
With all of this taking place, I just wanted to try to remember the
Lisle I once knew. The Lisle many of you once knew. I thought it
would be kinda' cool to have a web site that you could go to and
just drift back and remember. And maybe even hook up with old friends
or family.. So far, it seems to be working.
And yes, I still feel Lisle is a wonderful place!
(The highest taxes in the nation
but that's a whole other topic.)
Let me end by saying this:
input and responses from so many of you has been incredible and
has really made this site a lot of fun to do. I still
have some great items to post and
look forward to continued submissions from people around the nation!
(And the world for that matter.)
This site is truly being built by former and present Lisle-ites! In
fact, this site has had over 12,000 hits just in it's first year!
forward to hearing from you with any submissions, suggestion comments
or questions. Yes,
we love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do and thanks for the visit.